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  • Boeing, DARPA to Design, Build, Test New Experimental Spaceplane

    05/25/2017 6:58:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Boeing Press Release ^ | May 24, 2017 | Cheryl Sampson
    ARLINGTON, Va., May 24, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable spaceplane capable of carrying and deploying a small expendable upper stage to launch small (3,000 pound/1,361 kg) satellites into low Earth orbit. Boeing and DARPA will jointly invest in the development. Once the spaceplane – called Phantom Express – reaches the edge of space, it would deploy the second stage and return to Earth. It would then land on...
  • US Military Is Close to Selecting Builder for XS-1 Space Plane

    05/20/2017 4:50:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    space.com ^ | May 18, 2017 07:30am ET | Leonard David
    In Phase 1 of the XS-1 program, DARPA awarded prime contracts to three companies, each of which will work with a commercial launch provider: Boeing (working with Blue Origin), Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman (working with Virgin Galactic). However, the Phase 2 contractor won't necessarily be chosen from the three Phase 1 participants, according to the Air Force Magazine report. The XS-1 space plane will consist of a reusable booster vehicle and an expendable upper stage. According to the DARPA website, the XS-1 program has four primary technical goals: + Fly 10 times in a...
  • DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us “Upload” Skills

    05/03/2017 8:42:39 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 41 replies
    Futurism ^ | May 2, 2017 | Karla Lant
    In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program. The TNT program aims to explore various safe neurostimulation methods for activating synaptic plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter the connecting points between neurons — a requirement for learning. DARPA hopes that building up that ability by subjecting the nervous system to a kind of workout regimen will enable the brain to learn more quickly.
  • Getting ready: Pentagon to protect electric grid from massive attack

    04/14/2017 2:37:46 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/14/17 | Paul Bedard
    Amid warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber attack or atmospheric nuclear blast, the Pentagon is taking steps to both protect the nation's communications and power lifeline. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has charged BAE Systems to map a system that can detect a cyber attack and gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried, according to Defense Systems, the online newsletter. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has been warning for years that the grid is extremely vulnerable,...
  • This Mind-Controlled Bionic Arm Can Touch and Feel (Must See This "Luke Skywalker" Arm- DARPA Video)

    03/08/2017 6:35:57 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9-18-2016 | MotherBoard
    In the first episode of Humans+, Motherboard dives into the world of future prosthetics, and the people working on closing the gap between man and machine. We follow Melissa Loomis, an amputee from Ohio, who had experimental nerve reversal surgery and is going to Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Lab to test out its latest Modular Prosthetic Limb, a cutting-edge bionic arm funded in part by DARPA. Neuro-interfacing machinery is a game changer in terms rehabilitating patients, but what possibilities do these advancements open for the future?
  • 'Mayhem' rules as DARPA's battle of the machines hits Las Vegas

    08/10/2016 9:49:20 PM PDT · by Company Man · 10 replies
    Foxnews Tech ^ | August 08, 2016 | Allison Barrie
    "In the Cyber Grand Challenge, DARPA challenged the world to create software that can defend networks against attacks without a human typing at a keyboard. This software is designed to identify threats and react to, defend, and seal off vulnerabilities from future attacks."
  • DARPA Prepares to Unleash a Storm of "Gremlins" on U.S. Foes

    04/16/2016 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | April 16th, 2016 | Rich Smith
    Six months in the making, DARPA's Gremlins program is finally getting off the ground -- and that statement probably requires a bit of explaining. "DARPA" is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the "mad scientists" division of the Pentagon, responsible for funding and developing leading-edge technologies that can be employed in warfare. Respectively, "Gremlins" is one such technology. As previously revealed by DARPA, Gremlins aims to develop fleets of "low-cost, reusable unmanned air systems" (aka drones) that can be launched from other aircraft, perform their missions, and then return to land back aboard their motherships -- an acrobatic feat to...
  • Your First Look at the Pentagon’s New Unmanned Sub Chaser. (VIDEO)

    04/03/2016 12:06:52 PM PDT · by golux · 23 replies
    GCAPTAIN ^ | 160331 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Department of Defense has released the first footage of its prototype unmanned anti-submarine ship being developed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines over long distances. The new vessel was launched in January at Vigor’s shipyard in Portland, Oregon, where it has quietly been under construction for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During a speed tests in February, the vessel reached a top speed of 27 knots.... (snip)
  • DARPA unveils its next VTOL aircraft concept

    03/05/2016 1:00:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    AFS's concept would employ the same 4,000 HP engine used by the V-22 to generate 3 MW of electrical power that will drive the 24 ductless fans spread across its rear wings and front canards. These fans will rotate, as you can see in the image above, enabling the X-Plane to seamlessly transition from a hover to forward flight. "This VTOL X-plane won't be in volume production in the next few years but is important for the future capabilities it could enable," DARPA program manager, Ashish Bagai, said. "Imagine electric aircraft that are more quiet, fuel-efficient and adaptable and are...
  • Drones that 'think' like humans could be heading for war zones: Darpa chip uses 'neural networks'...

    02/08/2016 12:30:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 02/08/2016 | Lee Bell
    The Pentagon is funding research to develop a microchip that not only promises brain-like artificial intelligence, it is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices. Known as 'Eyeriss', the palm-sized processor has a staggering 168 cores and is based on 'neural networks' that are modelled on the human brain. By comparison, processing chips used in a wide variety of smartphones typically have quad cores. This technology could make its way onto the battlefield in the form of drones or robots that could conduct their own learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. ... Researchers...
  • US military shelves Google robot plan over 'noise concerns'

    12/30/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The US army says it has mothballed plans to deploy a robot developed in conjunction with Google because it is "too loud". The Legged Squad Support System, referred to by some as "the big dog," is capable of carrying 400lbs (181.4kg) of equipment over rugged terrain. But the US Marines now say its petrol-powered engine is too noisy for them to use in battle. ... The LS3 was developed by Boston Dynamics, a robotics firm acquired by Google in 2013 - as part of a tie-up with the Pentagon's research arm, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). The robot...
  • Where's George? And where's Doug? [new "fake but accurate" scandals??]

    07/20/2006 11:58:59 PM PDT · by Enchante · 51 replies · 1,475+ views
    Classical Values ^ | 7/20/06 | Eric at Classical Values
    Which means at this point that the burden is on Mr. Thompson to supply evidence: # that there is a "George Harleigh"; and # and that he is the man described and quoted in innumerable articles, who taught Political Science at SIU and worked in the Nixon and Reagan administrations. If "George Harleigh" is a pseudonym, that fact should be disclosed, and if there is a person calling himself "George Harleigh" whose remarks are being repeated, it falls on Doug Thompson to provide some evidence that this man is who he says he is. Under the circumstances, until I hear...
  • DARPA is testing implanting chips in soldiers’ brains

    09/28/2015 5:44:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Fusion ^ | 09/27/15 | Kristen V. Brown
    For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that could one day enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted. “Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” journalist Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs...
  • DARPA is implanting chips in soldiers’ brains, according to this new book

    09/28/2015 12:08:01 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Fusion ^ | September 28, 2015 | Kristen V. Brown
    For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted.
  • DARPA Wants to Create Synthetic Organisms to Terraform and Change the Atmosphere of Mars

    06/27/2015 8:25:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 60 replies
    Hacked ^ | 6/25/15 | Giulio Prisco
    DARPA Wants to Create Synthetic Organisms to Terraform and Change the Atmosphere of Mars Biotech, Space, Synthetic Biology June 25, 2015 by Giulio Prisco 435SHARES TwitterLinkedinFacebook The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believes that it's on the way to creating synthetic organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth, Motherboard reports.Speaking at a recent biotech conference hosted by DARPA, Alicia Jackson, deputy director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO) said: For the first time, we have the technological toolkit to transform not just hostile places here on Earth, but to go into space not...
  • South Koreans win DARPA robotics challenge

    06/07/2015 2:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 7, 2015 | Regan Morris
    The contest is a battle of robots on an obstacle course meant to simulate conditions similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Team Kaist's DRC-Hubo humanoid robot defeated 22 others to win the top $2m prize from the US Department of Defense's Darpa research unit. The robots had an hour to complete a series of tasks, such as a driving a car and walking up steps. The challenge involved a series of tasks for the robots to complete, somewhat autonomously, with intermittent connectivity with their operators to simulate real disaster conditions. The challenge was the first where robots performed...
  • Self-Steering Bullets Pass Live-Fire Military Tests

    Smart bullets or self-steering bullets, are being developed by the U.S. Military. Progress is reportedly moving swiftly with the.50 caliber ammo equipped with optical sensors. The smart bullets recently passed a series of live-fire tests, according to the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency – DARPA.
  • Virginia Cop Detains Washington D.C. Television News Videographer [Title Shortened]

    04/23/2015 4:40:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 54 replies
    Photography is Not a Crime.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Carlos Miller
    A Virginia police officer detained a television news videographer Tuesday because his camera vest could have been tactical gear. The incident was captured on cell phone video by veteran investigator reporter Russ Ptacek from WUSA9, who posted it on Twitter along with photos of the detainment. The video is posted below. The cop was from the Arlington County Police Department, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
  • DARPA Is Getting Closer to an Iron Man Suit

    12/06/2014 5:55:58 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12/04/14 | Erik Schechter
    The Army doesn't have an Iron Man suit. Yet. But the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Warrior Web program is a step closer to developing a soft, low-powered exosuit that will augment the physical capabilities of soldiers. Worn under the uniform, the proposed suit will allow troops to carry 100-plus pounds of equipment without risking the joint and back injuries that typically accumulate in the field.
  • China mounts third hypersonic 'Wu-14' missile test, US report says

    12/05/2014 6:51:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 06 December, 2014 | Mimi Lau
    The People's Liberation Army conducted a third flight test of a new hypersonic missile this week after the weapon's second test failed in August, according to a US report. The hypersonic glide vehicle, dubbed the "Wu-14" by the United States, was spotted by US intelligence agencies on Tuesday during a flight test in western China, US-based online newspaper the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing US defence officials. The US officials said the test was part of China's strategic nuclear programme and efforts to develop delivery vehicles capable of penetrating US defences. The tests indicated that China's development of a strike...